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2017 ITRI ICT TechDay

ITRI ICT TechDay discusses the latest ICT trends and exhibits ITRI's AI technologies.

ITRI ICT TechDay discusses the latest ICT trends and exhibits ITRI’s AI technologies.

The second annual ITRI ICT TechDay was held in Taipei on July 26th 2017. This year’s forum featured some of the latest tech trends and major issues currently facing the tech industry. Highlights included discussions on the development of artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) systems and cloud software. The forum was followed by ITRI’s ICT tech showcase, which demonstrated ITRI’s AI technologies. It is hoped that these cutting-edge advancements can help re-energize Taiwan’s industries.

Dr. Tzi-Cker Chiueh, General Director of ITRI’s Information and Communications Research Laboratories, shared his views with a particular focus on the next generation of smartphones and AI systems, stressing on the need for improving smartphone value. He mentioned that AI technology can be used to capture all the textual inputs and outputs on a smartphone and their contexts, including the information inside apps, and to accurately extract user interests. Dr. Chiueh further discussed the next generation of AI, which involves machine learning based on Deep Neural Networks (DNN). DNN is a mathematical model that mimics the biological nervous system, enabling systems to have a self-learning function. He expected that DNN can extend its applications to medical, manufacturing, finance, and commerce related fields.

Speaking on behalf of Japan’s second largest telecom operator, Fujii Akihito, Vice General Manager of the Solution Business Planning Division of KDDI, shared his thoughts on the future of the cloud networking industry. He expressed his concerns for the Internet of things (IoT) being the next big challenge and how creating different values for consumers is the key to Japan’s corporate private cloud services achieving strong growth. The KDD Cloud Platform Service utilizes BAMPI (Bare-Metal Provisioning from ITRI) for automated software deployment, greatly reducing significant labor costs. KDDI will continue to establish new profit models and innovative services for IoT.

The forum also invited Mr. Peter Chou, Chairman of Digital Domain, to discuss the future of VR developments. Mr. Chou talked about the trend of mobile VR, predicting that in five years’ time, the growth of VR will exceed that of mobile phones. He remains very optimistic about VR, believing it will be an important application in the 5G era, and that it will be a great opportunity for Taiwan to lead the industry change.

Below are two of the ITRI technologies exhibited on that day.

ITRI Voice Assistant

ITRI Voice Assistant is the first Chinese intelligent voice assistant that features voice-to-text technology and semantics analysis, with the ability to learn and understand users’ intention to assist with their daily life. For example, if a user says, “I am going out,” the voice assistant will switch off all household appliances and activate the IP Cam’s preservation mode. This technology allows users to be completely hands free, simply using their voice to manage all daily affairs.

ITRI Voice Assistant will continue to strengthen its semantic logic learning and integrate Taiwanese language identification.

ITRI Voice Assistant will continue to strengthen its semantic logic learning and integrate Taiwanese language identification.

ITRI Voice Assistant, in combination with the TOMATO smart home assistant platform, offers functions such as playing songs, searching, setting reminders (scheduler/calendar), creating shopping lists, controlling IoT, checking the weather and time, and setting an alarm. ITRI Voice Assistant will continue to analyze user language data to strengthen its semantic logic learning and integrate Taiwanese language identification in response to the need of localization. It will also work with the TOMATO platform to expand diverse services, creating a smart living environment.

City Eyes

City Eyes is a cloud-based video analytics service that is used to monitor traffic activities so that public safety and law enforcement agencies can rapidly respond to reported incidents. City Eyes leverages existing video surveillance infrastructure, incorporates cloud computing capabilities to enhance scalability and flexibility, and turns time and resource intensive chores into automated and actionable information that field officers can use. It enables license plate recognition, video condensing, and camera network monitoring, and can be deployed to support stolen vehicle tracking or tailgating monitoring. Its features include mass-scale video analytics, an intuitive interface, a cloud-native deployment and an extensible platform.

City Eyes can be deployed to support stolen vehicle tracking or tailgating monitoring.

City Eyes can be deployed to support stolen vehicle tracking or tailgating monitoring.